As a mother of seven children, a prominent designer, and a former publicist, Jenny Reimold crafts functional living spaces for everyday families. She shares her personal voyage into the world of boating.

Tell us about your individual journey into boating.

My introduction to boating came at a young age, thanks to my grandfather. He owned a home on Sanibel Island, with his boat moored right behind it. My cousins and I would eagerly bait fishing rods with hot dogs and catch catfish off the stern. Boating was a cherished family tradition for him, symbolized by each grandchild represented as a musical note on the boat's side. In his final days, though voiceless, he held up a photo of me proudly after I reeled in a sizable snook, offering a heartfelt thumbs-up.

How has the industry changed when it comes to women since you got started?

Reflecting on how the industry has evolved for women since I first embarked on this journey, I recall early instances of donning boys' boardshorts. At that time, there was limited apparel catering to women who enjoyed watersports. This scarcity mirrored the prevailing culture. Now, as an adult and a mother of five daughters, I'm delighted to witness more female captains and women anglers. I have female friends who confidently take their boats out with their children, a sight I rarely saw during my own childhood.

Why is it still a challenge to involve women in boating?

I believe it's because operating a substantial watercraft in open waters can appear intimidating. Fortunately, numerous organizations, marinas, and experienced captains are willing to offer guidance and instruction. While many of us grow up around cars, fewer have early exposure to boats, making it a novel experience for numerous women. Thankfully, there are user-friendly vessels like pontoon boats, ideal for novice boaters.

What, from your unique vantage point, is the single most important gesture that can be made to make women feel more welcome in boating?

From my unique perspective, the most significant gesture to make women feel more at home in boating is to include them actively. This means integrating them into advertising campaigns, educational programs, and conversations within marinas and boat shows. Frequently, even when standing alongside my husband, individuals address him directly on all matters related to boating, despite my greater knowledge and boating license.

Having grown up on Florida's waters while my husband hailed from Western Pennsylvania, I was the one familiar with boat brands, knowledgeable about the best fit for our family, and ultimately responsible for the purchase. To foster inclusivity for women in boating, the industry must assume our competence and capability.

Who did you look to for inspiration when you first got started?

In the early stages of my journey, I drew inspiration from a desire to prove that I could match my male peers. Whether it involved mastering the art of pulling a boat out of the water or understanding the ideal bait for different fish, I aimed to be seen as an equal. Now, as a mother, my motivation stems from my five daughters. I want them to witness women capable of charting their own course, both in life and on the water.

Were there any situations you found yourself in where you felt excluded or singled out because you are a woman? How did you deal with that?

Have I encountered situations where I felt excluded or singled out because of my gender? Absolutely. In most interactions at marinas and during initial sales conversations, people often directed their comments and questions to my husband. I handled this with humor and diplomacy, ensuring that other men recognized my equal participation in the discussion.

What does being in this industry as a woman mean to you?

Being a woman in this industry signifies that my five daughters can confidently steer their own ships. It signifies that they can witness women thriving in a predominantly male-dominated field, knowing they too can achieve greatness. It means my two sons are growing up with the understanding that their future wives and daughters possess equal capabilities. It means women can step forward in conversations and decision-making with unwavering confidence.

How do you stay empowered both on your boat and off?

Maintaining empowerment, whether on my boat or elsewhere, relies on my strong faith, a supportive family, and a commitment to daily workouts. On challenging days, I grant myself grace and seek positivity in most situations. And, to make a statement, I proudly fly a pink pirate flag off our boat!


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